Niao He is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is also a core member of the Illinois Institute of Data Science and Dynamical Systems. Before joining Illinois, she received her PhD degree in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015 and BS degree in Mathematics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2010.
Her research interests are at the interface of large-scale optimization and machine learning, with a primary focus on reinforcement learning, probabilistic inference, and learning under uncertainty. She is a recipient of the Best Paper Award at AISTATS 2016, the NSF CISE CRII award, the NCSA Faculty Fellow, and the CAS Beckman Fellow.
- Theory of Reinforcement Learning, Fall 2020. Visiting Scientist.